There have been very few starting pitchers who have matched the good-year, bad-year consistent inconstancy of former Angels’ starter Ervin Santana. The amazing pattern seen throughout his career is perhaps unprecedented. His rookie 12-8 year was solid and he followed that with an even better sophomore season, with 16 wins and again eight losses. Then the pattern began. The following year he fell to 7-14 and his 4.28 ERA ballooned to 5.76. He bounced back the next year, 2008, with a 16-7 record and 3.49 ERA. But 2009 was again a disaster that saw his win total fall to eight and his ERA back over 5.00. But 2010 would re-enforce the patter as he won a career high 17 and his ERA dropped to 3.92.
The pattern did become a bit fuzzy then as his 2011 season was neither all good nor all bad, as he posted an 11-12 won-lost record but a good 3.38 ERA. 2012 saw his fall back to one of
|his worst seasons, going 9-13 with again an ERA over 5.00, at 5.16. Leaving for greener pastures in Kansas City for the 2013 season, he had one of his most effective years, and his career-best ERA of|
3.24, despite compiling only a 9-10 record.
All this does not bode well for his new team, as history tells us Santana will have a sub-.500 record and an ERA over 5.00.
One of the last free agent starters to find a 2014 home, reportedly Santana did have offers from Baltimore, Toronto, and Minnesota, but he has now signed with Atlanta after they
who undergo a second Tommy John surgery. Brandon Beachy, like Medlen, left his last game with elbow pain, and Mike Minor, suffering from shoulder problems, has yet to make a spring appearance.
Medlen and Beachy have both been superb when able to step on the mound, but injuries has taken their toll already during their brief careers. Minor is just a step behind them in
recovering from his own TJ surgery and won’t be available before at lease mid-season.
The great, young Braves staff, the led them to let Tim Hudson leave as a free agent, is in shambles as the season approaches.